2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters - News Roundup
Date: 8/14/2014 (Updated: 7/29/2018) Author: Anthony Romero, Chris Mirjahangir, and Joshua Sudomerski Source:
News has begun to build for the tentatively titled Godzilla 2. Among those is a release date for the next adventure to star the King of the Monsters. This news story will act as a roundup to details as they emerge on the sequel to (2014) from Legendary monsters vs aliens poster 2018 Pictures and Warner Bros... and what a long road it will be.
Comic Con 2014 teased the line up of the next film,. We also knew that Gareth Edwards would return to direct and chances are good that, due to announcing the news himself, that Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull will produce.
The latest news gives us a date for the film:
June 8, 2018
That will be over four years since the last movie, which is long for a sequel although was expected since Edwards is directing the Star Wars spin off to be released in 2016.
Update (9/22/2014): has announced that Max Borenstein, who wrote (2014) and will write the screenplay for the upcoming Skull Island film, has been tapped to create the screenplay for the second Godzilla film from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.
Update (8/12/2015): Been a long silence on the news front for the follow-up entry in the new series by Legendary Pictures. got a chance, though, to sit down with writer Max Borenstein for an interview. The basis of the interview was the upcoming TV show Minority Report. However, that didn't stop them from briefly talking about the future of the King of the Monsters.
When asked if Borenstein was writing it now, he responded:
"I'm writing it now, and it's really going to be great. I don't want to go off book and tell you anything that I'm not allowed to tell you. The response to the first film was really exciting, but now that that world is established, we can do bigger and even better things. We're really stoked."
As for if director Gareth Edwards would be involved in the scripting process:
"Yeah, I hope. He's making Star Wars right now, so he's a little preoccupied, but yeah. Gareth is amazing. It's exciting to get to work with him again. One of the fun things about that experience is the same fun that it's been on Minority Report, where you really get to have your fingers in the pie."
Nothing really new from the interview, although the news circuits have picked up the "bigger and even better things" quote and ran with it for news stories.
Update (5/13/2016): Over half a year has passed and things have been quiet on the news front. Sadly, things haven't changed much, as the only piece of news related to the awaited Godzilla sequel from Legendary Pictures is a.
The movie, which was originally slated for a June 8, 2018 release date, is now aiming for a March 22, 2019. As a spot of good news, Legendary and Warner Bros. did date the fourth film in the new cinematic universe, as Godzilla vs. Kong will be arriving on May 29, 2020.
Update (5/14/2016): Following on the heels of the movie's delay, it has been announced that Gareth Edwards has left Godzilla 2. the split is amicable and based largely on Edwards' desire to work on smaller scale productions after (2014) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Legendary Pictures is now on a hunt to find a director to replace Edwards on the film.
Update (10/21/2016): After a five month news hiatus, Legendary has announced that have been attached to Godzilla 2. These writers are Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields. The pair most recently collaborated on the horror movie Krampus for Legendary; however, while Shields is relatively new to the blockbuster field, Dougherty has a long track record, having written on films like X-Men: Apocalypse and X2: X-Men United.
Update (10/23/2016): It was probably only a matter of time, but word has spread that after hiring the writers of Krampus the studio is now eyeing the as well: Michael Dougherty. While some sources fumbled stating it's a sure thing, others have noted that this is still in talks pending approval of the screenplay and no official deal has been set in stone. Waiting for sreenplay approval is a natural step as Dougherty is already attached as a writer to the project. Dougherty has been directing since 2007's Trick 'r Treat, but whose career is primarly as a writer rather than director. If choosen, Godzilla 2 would be his most high profile directing gig.
Update (12/07/2016): As part of the press junket for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IGN asked Gareth Edwards, director of (2014), why he's not directing the sequel. That response is found below:
Update (12/15/2016): Legendary Pictures issued a announcing that Herbert W. Gains as their new executive vice president (EVP) of Physical Production, Valerie Flueger Veras as their new senior vice president (SVP) of Post- Production and Sara Flamm as their new SVP of Physical Production. Buried in the release was a glimpse of the title for the upcoming Godzilla film from Legendary, now called Godzilla: King of Monsters. The name harks back to the American title for (1954) and the ongoing alias moniker of Godzilla himself, used briefly by the press at the end of (2014).
Update (1/24/2017): The director for Godzilla: King of Monsters is. Michael Dougherty, who was already tapped as co-writer with Zach Shields, will oversee the movie. Godzilla will mark the third major directorial effort from Dougherty, his others being Trick 'r Treat and Krampus.
Update (1/28/2017): With the director of the latest Godzilla film locked down, it was only a matter of time before more cast and crew started to be announced.
This includes the revelation that Millie Bobby Brown, star of Stranger Things, will have a in Godzilla: King of Monsters. Details on the character she will play is being kept under wraps, but expect more cast announcements to start happening around the upcoming film.
Update (1/31/2017): Legendary Pictures has clarified to us that the title for the upcoming Godzilla movie is in fact Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The earlier press release in December was in fact with a typo that became widespread.
Update (2/21/2017): Actor Kyle Chandler, best known for his work on The Wolf of Wall Street and Zero Dark Thirty, is set to as the father of Millie Bobby Brown's character. In addition, the article mentions that actor is likely to reprise his role in the upcoming movie.
Update (2/28/2017): Actress Vera Farmiga, best known for her work on The Conjuring and Up in the Air, will as the mother of Millie Bobby Brown's character.
Update (3/27/2017): Casting news continues to flow in as O'Shea Jackson Jr., best known for his work in Straight Outta Compton, is now in to join the latest Godzilla film. If he signs on, he will join his Straight Outta Compton costars in the MonsterVerse, as both Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell already starred in (2017).
Update (4/19/2017): Actress Aisha Hinds, who has been making positive rounds due to her performance as Harriet Tubman on WGN America's Underground, will be in a currently unspecified role.
Update (5/23/2017): Sally Hawkins, who appeared in (2014) as Doctor Vivienne Graham, will reprise her role in the movie's sequel. In addition, it has been announced that Charles Dance, who played Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones, in the movie as well.
Update (5/25/2017): Casting news continues to pour in. This time, the director, Mike Dougherty, has that actor Randy Havens, who played Mr. Clarke on Stranger Things, has also joined the cast in an unnamed role.
Update (6/02/2017): The cast for the movie continues to expand, as actor Bradley Whitford has been. Whitford, who has acted in movies such as The Cabin in the Woods and Scent of a Woman, is also joined by another actor announcement. Thomas Middleditch, star of the TV show Silicon Valley, has also been.
Update (6/09/2017): Actress Zhang Ziyi, best known for her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha, has been. Acting as part of the MONARCH organization, Ziyi has signed a multi-picture deal that will see her as a reoccuring character in the MonsterVerse, as she is also set to appear in the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie as well.
Update (6/20/2017): Warner Bros. has begun to distribute a press release for the movie to celebrate filming commencing. With a brief story synopsis, the release mentions the four monsters to be included in the movie: Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. The release also still references the late Yoshimitsu Banno, director of (1971), as an executive producer. The release is found below:
WARNER BROS. PICTURES' AND LEGENDARY PICTURES' MONSTERVERSE KICKS INTO GEAR AS THE NEXT GODZILLA FEATURE GETS UNDERWAY
Director Michael Dougherty helms the film in which stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi take on the King of the Monsters... and more!
BURBANK, CA, June 19, 2017 – Following the global success of 2014's "Godzilla" and this year's "Kong: Skull Island," comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty ("Krampus"), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air," "The Conjuring" films), and Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai") and Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine"), both reprising their "Godzilla" roles; Kyle Chandler ("The Wolf of Wall Street," "Manchester by the Sea"); Millie Bobby Brown ("Stranger Things") in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford ("Get Out"); Thomas Middleditch (HBO's "Silicon Valley"); Charles Dance (HBO's "Game of Thrones"); O'Shea Jackson Jr. ("Straight Outta Compton"); Aisha Hinds ("Star Trek Into Darkness"); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon").
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.
Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.
Behind the scenes, Dougherty's creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include "War Dogs" and "Godzilla," for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss ("Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Star Trek Into Darkness"); editor Roger Barton ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," the "Transformers" films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the "X-Men" and "Hangover" films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron ("Godzilla," "Ghost in the Shell," and part of the Oscar-winning team behind "Life of Pi ").
Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.
Update (7/13/2017): Although promoted on their Twitter account for (2017), some additional hints are coming in related to the greater MonsterVerse and the cast of the second Godzilla film. In particular, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah...
The video covers a time line of the MonsterVerse from 1991 to present. It references events from (2014) and the comic. The entries for 2009 and 2016, whose title for the creature as "Monster Zero" is a clear nod to (1965), are references to Mothra and King Ghidorah respectively. It's assumed that the 1991 listing that starts the video is referencing Rodan, and his habit of living near volcanoes.
Full text during the video, which uses music from the (2017) score, is found below. Please note some of the text is cut off in the video, and filled in with a best guess in brackets:
1991 Isle de Mona: A covert Monarch team established a quarantine zone around a dormant volcano in Isle de Mona, under the guise of "environmental research". Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.
1995 Return to Skull Island: Monarch security officer Aaron Brooks defies his father Houston Brooks and leads an off-the-books mission to Skull Island, to determine what has become of Kong since the 1973 expedition.
1999 Janjira Meltdown: Following an explosive disaster [at the Janjira] power planet, Monarch establishes [a quarantine] zone outside of Tokyo. What the [Monarch team discovers is] that Janjira Q-Zone is in reality containment facility established around a dormant M.U.T.O.
2005 A Mysterious Mercenary: Former British Army Colonel and MI-6 agent Jonah Alan is locked up in Pakistani prison after an encounter with MONARCH agents. Alan and his band of mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a subterranean M.U.T.O. dig-site.
2009 Temple of the Moth: Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monarch to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russel and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.
2012 Message in a Bottle: Days before retirement, Monarch veteran Houston Brooks receives a coded message from his son. The mission to Skull Island has revealed dramatic new information about Kong's origins, and his role on the island.
2014 The Battle of San Francisco: The existence of giant superspecies is revealed to the world as Godzilla clashes with two M.U.T.O.s in the center of San Francisco, unleashing devastation upon the urban center. The world watches as Godzilla defends our world and restores balance to the natural order. The time has come for Monarch to step out of the shadows.
2016 Monster Zero: When Monarch discovers an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: "The devil has three heads."
Update (1/18/2018): While on the press tour for his new film Den of Thieves, actor O'Shea Jackson Jr. gives a few tidbits about Godzilla 2 in an. The conversation about the next Godzilla movie starts about 10:30 into the video. During the video, the actor stresses his fandom for the franchise, while doing some very brief teasing for the upcoming movie.
Update (4/27/2018): Actor O'Shea Jackson Jr. once again shares some more information regarding Godzilla 2 in an, where he stresses the powerful presence of King Ghidorah within the movie. Talk surrounding the sequel starts at around the 5:50 mark in the video.
Also, Rampage (2018) motion-capture actor Jason Liles joins in on the action for Godzilla 2, as shared in an. Liles will be just one of several mocap actors hired to portray the three-headed antagonist, King Ghidorah.
Update (5/22/2018): Ever since the sequel to Godzilla 2014’s film was announced, it has had multiple names ever since. When it was formally announced, it was “Godzilla King of Monsters”. The “the” was left out, from what I’m told, due to a typo. It was later corrected but it was still just a working title. Fans and media outlets did pick up on the name though and the “Godzilla King of the Monsters” name stuck. However, internally there still was no cemented official title. For example, on Warner Brothers’ own media pass page (press only), it was only listed as “Godzilla Sequel”.
So, today, as an exclusive reveal via Warner Brothers, Toho Kingdom is happy to announce the official title is: Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Sometimes the working title is just something so cool sounding that it sticks around. Stay tuned for more on Godzilla: King of the Monsters on the road to release.
Update (5/23/2018): Warner Bros. has announced that Godzilla: King of the Monsters has had its release date moved from March 22nd, 2019 to May 31st, 2019.
Update (7/07/2018): Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Mike Dougherty that Godzilla will be present in some fashion at San Diego Comic-Con this year. The director's brief confirmation was in response to another Twitter user asking whether or not Godzilla would be appearing at the upcoming event's Hall H panel. San Diego Comic-Con will be running from July 19th to the 22nd later this month.
12:17 PM - The has included the date and time of the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation: it will be held on Saturday July 21st at 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT (1:30pm - 3:30pm EDT). As of now, no films or panelists have been announced, though with the aforementioned confirmation of Godzilla, information regarding the 2019 sequel will more than likely be presented in this time frame.
Update (7/10/2018): In an interview with, actress Vera Farmiga has shared several new and surprising details about her character, Dr. Emma Russell. In the movie, she plays a paleobiologist, who has "figured out a way to communicate with the creatures and potentially control them using their bioacoustics on a sonar level," in what she amusingly describes as being like a "DJ for the monsters." She also views the film as being more about the environment than about the monsters themselves: "When it comes down to it that’s what emerged to me off the written page, and so I find that there has to be a little parable in it that makes me interested." Vera Farmiga's character of Dr. Emma Russell will be married to Mark Russell, played by Kyle Chandler, and be the mother of Madison Russell, played by Millie Bobby Brown.
Update (7/12/2018): With San Diego Comic-Con just a week away, has dropped some early details for the movie, as well as revealed two exclusive pictures: The first image features, now sporting a somewhat retooled look with larger spines, firing his signature atomic breath towards the sky. The second introduces the characters (Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga respectively) overlooking something in an icy chamber.
According to director Mike Dougherty in the article: "The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting. [...] There’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind." Godzilla is said to have disappeared following the events of the previous movie, but will be making his presence known once more alongside other monsters such as Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. Dougherty also mentions how he has a soft spot for Rodan in particular, and believes they've done the monster "justice."
Regarding Godzilla's use of his atomic breath, Dougherty describes: "Not without giving away too much [...] But it takes place at a very key moment and it's sort of a call to arms." Also, Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga's characters are said to have been kidnapped by "a mysterious organization, with their own plans for the creatures", with ex-husband and father Mark Russell (played by Kyle Chandler) out to rescue the pair alongside (2014) Monarch members Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Dr. Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins). While no thorough details were shared about the follow-up movie, 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong, Dougherty did tease how there would be "bread crumbs" leading to the inevitable confrontation between the two monsters.
Update (7/16/2018): Following up on the previous update, here are clean versions of the two promotional stills from the upcoming film. Click to see the full resolution versions.
Godzilla rises from the depths and unleashes his atomic breath to claim his crown as King of the Monsters in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
(L-R) MILLIE BOBBY BROWN as Madison Russell and VERA FARMIGA as Dr. Emma Russell in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Update (07/19/2018): The website has gone live with an interactive database, which supplies many new details regarding Godzilla's kaiju co-stars while keeping track of the titular monster himself. Users can uncover historic accounts of Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, and are treated with new pictures and information the higher their clearance level. Such bonus content includes Monarch classifications, natures, behavior, and body height and wingspan statistics.
A teaser trailer for the movie has also dropped, which focuses on Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) attempting to make contact with Monarch. The teaser runs for about 41 seconds, and originally surfaced on.
Finally, the logo and tagline for the movie have been unveiled, which can be viewed below. The official has also been updated to accompany this reveal, with an additional image in the "Gallery" featuring Millie Bobby Brown and the looming figure of Godzilla in the background. Click the image below to see the full resolution version. High-resolution image courtesy of Warner Brothers.
Update (07/21/2019): Just minutes before the Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, some cast and staff of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) were interviewed live by Entertainment Weekly. While no major spoilers are spilled, each shares what brought them on board for the movie, among other details. The archived livestream can be viewed below.
2:24 PM - The official trailer has dropped! It runs for 2 minutes 25 seconds:
4:07 PM - It has been confirmed through the Hall H presentation that Bear McCreary will be composing for the movie. McCreary is best known for his work on television shows such as The Walking Dead and 2004's Battlestar Galactica, as well as movies such as 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and Colossal (2017). Likewise, 's classic music will be present in some form in the movie.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, director Mike Dougherty of the Comic-Con 2018 exclusive illustrated poster, with artwork by Christopher Shy. The poster features Godzilla entangled in battle with the monstrous King Ghidorah.
11:22 PM - IGN has uploaded an interview featuring director Mike Dougherty, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Thomas Middleditch, and O'Shea Jackson Jr., where the director describes how Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) takes place five years after the events of (2014), the motion-capture effects of King Ghidorah, and how the monster roster consists of "more than four [monsters]".
Update (07/23/2019): For the San Diego Comic Con's panel in Hall H on the movie, cast members Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, O'Shea Jackson, Thomas Middleditch and director Michael Dougherty went on stage for a little Q&A. Below is this session, recorded and enhanced by Chris Mirjahangir and Michal Shipman.
Update (07/29/2018): As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given a higher quality version of the latest Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) trailer. Below is the higher quality version of the trailer, the highest quality that can be found online.
Check back for more news as it breaks.
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